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Tatsuo Fukuda, center, comes from a family that has already produced two prime ministers: his late grandfather Takeo, left, and his father Yasuo. (Source photos by AP, Kyodo, Jiji and Keiichiro Sato) 
Inside Japanese politics

Tatsuo Fukuda, Japan's rising political scion, under pressure

Third generation of family expected to follow footsteps of father, grandfather

YUSUKE TAKEUCHI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- In December last year, Tatsuo Fukuda, 54, chairman of the General Council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, had a dinner meeting in Tokyo that included former chair Seiko Noda -- who vied with Fumio Kishida in last autumn's LDP presidential election -- and Katsunobu Kato, former chief cabinet secretary of the ruling party.

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